Steven Furtick - Come Through Drippin
Welcome to the praise party! I said welcome to the praise party! All over the world, we'd like to welcome you into our home, this is our family. I pray that whatever campus you're watching on, the presence of God is permeating, that atmosphere like is permeating this one. There is a sense of hope, eagerness, and really a purity of faith, that is in this room tonight. It's a kind of atmosphere, that makes it easy for God to move, because he doesn't have to try to get our attention, he already has it. And so now we're here, and now that we made it, let's really seize this opportunity to go into the word of God and to see what he would speak to us on this occasion. I might as well let you know upfront, because I believe in being honest and direct that I am absolutely ready and prepared for you tonight.
I heard that you were coming and I cooked something. I feel like that I know exactly what God wants me to say, what he wants us to do, and what he has said that he will do for us, if we will do what he's going to tell us to do, that he already told me, that I'm gonna tell you over the next few moments. To me this is a very precious night. I started having the praise party in 2013, right around the time that holly and I got so old, that we were having trouble staying up, and watching the ball drop. I said this is a pitiful, what we need to do is start our year with some other people, that are having trouble staying awake. And if maybe if we all caffeinate together and come together and seek God together, we can start the year with a disposition a belief and an expectation of greater things.
I want to say thank you to the church family that I pastor, I know there are many guests here and our efam around the world, but I wanted everybody to hear this what I'm about to say: I am really, really, becoming more and more aware of what a privilege it is and a sacred trust it is, that you would allow me as a leader in holly, as a leader in our family to have this part in your life, to be able to minister to you in those moments of your life, where you don't know if you can go on or where you're seeking direction from above, to be able to stand in this spot week in and week out for another year and declare the word of the Lord is nothing to take for granted. And I want to thank you for allowing me to be on the journey with you — that's a real privilege. Wherever you are in the world, just I know our church feels this way, it is an honor to minister God's word to you, this it's really a great privilege and a joy.
And so, stand up just in case love you too, just in case you're starting to nod off stand up. And I want to read you the scripture, and it is a familiar scripture and it is an epic scenario. It's found in Exodus chapter 14, you like that one. I feel so good up here right now, anything could happen tonight. I mean I don't know if it was the 13 cups of coffee or the holy ghost, I think they work in tandem, but I just feel good, because normally on a weekend I have to behave and there's a lot of constraints. I just feel like tonight should be our night. You know, I mean like usually we have to kind of just tone it down, in case there's guests and visitors and all that, but I don't want to do that tonight. I didn't put on my best jean jacket just to come in here.
And this scripture in Exodus 14 is of course all about transition and victory, it's just appropriate for tonight, but let me read it to you verse 26 Exodus 14, "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen'. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen — the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on there right" - look to your right - "And on their left" - look to your left. Okay while y'all turn in two different directions, it's a universal kind of thing - "But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground". But the Israelites, this is how you can tell I belong to God, because I went through the sea on dry ground.
Do me a favor since this is a party everybody participate, and look at your neighbor on your right or your left you choose, I'ma leave that much up to you, but now let me tell you what to tell them, you're gonna give him my title, tell him this say: "I don't know what you went through in 2018, but you made it". And tell them, hold on another solid, that's not it we're not done, tell them: "Since you came through, you might as well come through drippin" please be seated.
How many of you 2018 didn't go like you planned for it to go? Messed up your workout plan and your knees started hurting. You were paying off some stuff, and then your transmission and plan for that... Which is why of course I don't come up here and do the predictable preaching maneuver where I challenge you to make new year's resolutions, because resolutions are cheap - resilience is priceless. I want to lay a foundation for what I want to say from the text, from a study that was done, the article was printed in the New Yorker several years ago. And I saved it, because I thought it would be helpful for us to look at it at some point in the future, and that point is now. And the writer of the article, george... Banana? Banana... If you're watching, george, I try... Was talking about how the central element of resilience is perception, and that there is no such thing strictly speaking as a traumatic event.
The reason he came to this conclusion was because he interviewed children over 600 of them, who had gone through the worst possible situations imaginable, and found out that many of the children, who went through the worst situations, came out with the greatest emotional stability and sense of connectivity. And so from that he concluded, listen, that events are not traumatic, until we experience them as traumatic. And he wasn't necessarily negating the post-traumatic stress of growing up in a broken home or going to war, and then coming back to a situation that is so foreign to the experience of the battle, that you fought, that you cannot find your own equilibrium. But what he was saying is much deeper than that. He said, that to call something a traumatic event belies the fact. And so, he coined the term PTE not PTSD, which is a very real thing, no doubt. But his term was potentially traumatic event. Which he argues is a more accurate way to look at the things, that we go through in our lives. The theory is straightforward. Every frightening event or you might insert painful event, no matter how negative it might seem from the sidelines, has the potential to be traumatic or not to the person experiencing it.
I didn't know if you agree with that or if it was a little bit boring and you didn't pay much attention, but wake up now. He's making a distinction between what we went through and what we do with what we went through. I couldn't think of a more appropriate group of people to come and share this evening with us, than the Israelites in this the birth of their nation as such, and their escape from Egypt, where they had been slaves for over 400 years. As God told Abram that his people would be, in Genesis chapter 15, many years earlier, but now, as they are coming out of that season of their life, they are carrying with them much of the trauma from what they experienced in Egypt. And they're escaping this place, that had become so painful for them, because of the unrealistic and inhumane pressure that they were under as slaves or servants in Egypt, under a taskmaster, who did not know Joseph and did not remember or regard the people of God as special.
The trauma of what they had been through in that 400 years would be impossible to cover in 40 minutes tonight, and I hope you'll give me a little grace as I kind of brushed past some things that probably for them would be much more, much more traumatic, than my summary would lead you to believe, but you understand that they were so oppressed in this period of being in Egypt, not only were they forced to do a job that they weren't paid for, they were forced to do it with not enough materials. By the way have you ever felt that way like trying to raise kids and get through life and do what you need to do in the world and I'm not comparing us to them, but many of the things that they went through while not similar situationally might have a similar psychological effect in that what they went through had left them traumatized in a sense. And tonight, I have to believe that the reason, you came here whether you thought you came here for this reason or not, is that there are some traumas, even if they're micro traumas, that God wanted to deal with. Some tears in the tissue of the muscle fiber, that God wanted to deal with specifically and surgically in the way, that only his spirit can.
And he brought you here tonight, maybe under the pretense of just having nothing else to do. Or maybe there was a girl, who asked you to come. And maybe you're more excited about after church and during church, but you're stuck with me for a few minutes, I'm gonna talk to you for a few minutes, while I can, with this microphone, and talk to you about some of the things, that you went through. And also I would add to that, that you probably came to celebrate a little bit. I mean it's not like everybody here tonight had the worst year of their life, I can never understand why we're so hasty to want to leave this year. One of the ways I can tell where my life is out of alignment, is when I'm in a hurry for no good reason. Like it's one thing to be in a hurry and there's a reason that I'm in a hurry, and I can point to the next thing on my schedule that I'm trying to get to, but when I'm in too much of a hurry and there's nowhere that I'm going, it's a sign that something is wrong in my life, it's a sign that something is not working right.
And so, now we find the Israelites not serving Pharaoh and building the different construction projects that he has ordered to be built, but they are escaping Egypt, which is interesting in itself, because originally they escaped to Egypt, because there was a famine at home. But over a period of many years, in a transition of leadership, what they escaped to, they became enslaved by. Sometimes this happens in all of our lives, is that we're so tired of being alone, that we escape to a relationship, that in the end produces a worse loneliness, than being alone ever could. Sometimes we cry tears because we escape to something, that we ultimately become enslaved by. Sometimes the thing that we run to is more dangerous than the thing that we're running from. And it wasn't their fault, sometimes we make decisions to run to certain things, but really they had to go to Egypt not only to fulfill the prophecy, which extended into the New Testament, which we know at Christmas time, that out of Egypt I have called my son, which ultimately projects into the very life of Jesus Christ himself, it's an arc of a narrative, that God was creating for deliverance for his people, before they were ever born, but now they're in transition. In transition is dramatic. Even the good kind, even when God blesses you in the way that you asked him to, a lot of times you find out, that what you ask God for, weighed more than you were prepared to carry.